It was all change on Monday 24th June when the club announced Rafa Benitez would not be staying.
Due to the incompetence of those leading Newcastle from the top (code for Mike Ashley) they had to start from scratch to hire a manager and finally got in Steve Bruce after a number of other targets higher up on the list turned them down.
They turned Newcastle down because the stubborn Mike Ashley is still ruining (running?) the club.
When Rafa left it ended a 39-month adventure when Newcastle were run by a world-class manager and at least we now know what that’s like.
Steve Bruce – Newcastle head coach
Looks a lonely man with a huge task ahead of him
Ashley has quickly gone back four years and Bruce is now head coach, not the manager.
And reports that former Chief Scout Graham Carr, who does exactly what Mike Ashley tell him to, may be coming back too.
So after Rafa took us forward Mike Ashley has quickly sent us scurrying backward.
He’s good at that.
Next season will almost definitely be the third season in a row fighting relegation – how depressing can it get?
Steve Bruce will want to get some players into the squad before the window closes on August 8th, and there is money to spend.
With £50M said to be available this summer and £11M left over from last season and £30M in for Ayoze Perez, who was transferred to Leicester – technically there is £91M to spend.
We emphasize the word technically.
Mike Ashley could well still make a profit this season with less than three weeks left in this transfer window.
At the moment with little done in the transfer window here’s how we stand.
|Transfer Fees paid out||£0M|
|Mohamed Diame||released||Al Ahli Doha – Qatari|
|Ayoze Perez||£30.0M||Leicester City|
|Transfer Fees into club||£30.0M|
|Net Spend||-£30.0M (profit)|
There will be question marks on players such as Ronaldo Aarons and Achraf Lazaar who did well playing under Bruce at Sheffield Wednesday last season but had no future at the club under Rafa.
Other players like Jamie Sterry and Jack Colback may be moved out but Bruce may keep Colback after he played for him while he was the manager at Sunderland from 2009 until he was fired in 2011.
Ciaran Clark may also be sold.
And Bruce will need to sort out the goalkeeping position and who will be the two goalkeepers backing up first choice Martin Dubravka?
At the end of the season, it was Karl Darlow and Freddie Woodman.
Woodman has been kept mainly at the club for these last two years and hasn’t got the first-team games under his belt he needed.
It looked like he was on his way this summer with one year left on his contract but Stave Bruce may have different ideas.
Rob Elliot looks superfluous to requirements at the moment.
So in three weeks, there is a lot of work to do and then we play Arsenal on Sunday 11th August in our first game of the season.
Anything but a loss in that game would come as a complete shock.
But we seem to have taken massive steps back since we hammered Fulham almost three months ago in Rafa’s last game in charge.
There’s only one man responsible for this shambles, Mike Ashley.
And we have added Preston North End to the friendly games to be played a week tomorrow at Deepdale.
We needed that game.
|Wed 17 July – KO 11:00 am||Wolves – Premier League Asia Trophy||Nanjing Olympic Sports Center – Nanjing, China||4-0
|Sat 20 July – KO tbd||West Ham- Premier League Asia Trophy||Hongkou Stadium, Shanghai, China|
|Sat 27 July – KO 3:00pm||Preston North End||Deepdale, Preston|
|Tue 30 July – KO 7:45pm||Hibernian||Easter Road, Edinburgh|
|Sat 3 Aug – KO 3:00pm||As Saint- Etienne||St. James’ Park. Newcastle|
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